Hi my name is Sarah James, and I am a counsellor based at Beech Tree Counselling which offers a confidential, calm quiet space where you can talk. As a client you could choose two comfortable venues for counselling, either Birmingham or Bradmore, Wolverhampton, both venues are on bus routes and have accessible parking. To tell you a bit about myself I have worked as a nurse both in the community and in hospital settings. I have also worked as a key worker with adults who have a learning difficulties and behavioural problems, enjoying collaborative projects using drama art and creative writing to enable expression. It was when I worked as a nurse that I recognised the need for people to have time and space to talk and just how important this is. As an individual feeling heard and having someone to listen to you actively and attentively can have a profound effect, be empowering, and also be a fundamental step to bring about crucial life changes. For the last five years I have enjoyed volunteering at counselling charities based in Birmingham city centre, Wolverhampton and Dudley where I have met some amazing and inspirational people.
What is discussed between the client and counsellor in the counselling session is bound by a strict code of confidentiality. In order to ensure you have the best service I attend regular supervision sessions with an accredited supervisor, this is done without identifying you or your personal details.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I have many years’ experience working in hospital and hospice settings with clients of all ages.
All counselling sessions adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Data Protection Act and Equality Act.
- NCFE Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling level 5
- BA Hons Art and Design 2:1
- City and Guilds 7307 Further and Adult Education Teachers Certificate
- NCFE Level 3 in Counselling Skills
- RSA in Community Mediation
- NVQ Level 3 in Promoting Independence
- RGN not on register at present time
- Cruse Bereavement Care ABC Training Programme
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency Oct 2013
- PS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision-Essential Supervision Skills Jan 2016
“I felt heard every word I said was listened to intently“ “Sarah has helped me to look at my life in a new way and realise I can change important parts of it, I feel more calm and motivated as well”
“You are easy to talk to …calm, capable and confident that you can help”
“Thank you Sarah for making such a difference to my life you have encouraged me to delve into my past experiences, address the troubling ones and set me up to face the future with personal confidence and joy!”
Person centred counselling is an approach to counselling which relies upon the client directing what is talked about in the session. The client chooses what issues to look at and begin to examine. This approach is flexible and very much goes at your own pace in an atmosphere of encouraging acceptance.
Carl Rogers developed the person centred approach to counselling and with this style of counselling instead of fitting the client to a predetermined model or particular psychological theory, the counsellor works with what each unique client feels and says. As your counsellor I will strive to understand you and what is important for you. I am a qualified and experienced counsellor and I use other techniques tailored to you as a unique individual.
I have several years experience with two different counselling charities one based in Wolverhampton and one in Birmingham city centre. Whilst volunteering I have worked providing counselling; counsellor supervision and also teaching. This work has been a rich amazing and valuable experience which I feel has enhanced my professional expertise.
I have several years’ experience of being a supervisor both in private practice at the present time and whilst working at Counselling Agencies.
When a Pet Dies
There is no doubt that the animals we live with form a huge bond with us and form a valuable rewarding and loving part of our livestock when we are parted from this member of our family it is devastating. I consider that it is important to acknowledge this loss and not underestimate the significance of this experience.
I like to arrange an initial consultation with new clients where we can meet for up to one hour and talk about my approach to counselling and give a general introduction. At the initial consultation we can look at the challenges you are facing and other aspects of counselling like confidentiality, your expectations of the process as a client; my approach as a counsellor and importantly see if we can work together in a therapeutic relationship. I can do home visits for counselling after an initial consultation has taken place with the client and arrangements mutually agreed. I also offer counselling using Skype with clients based in the UK.
Within our therapeutic relationship you can begin to look at what you choose to bring to the session. For the client often a deeper understanding of your life style and self awareness, can bring about greater confidence and enable you to become aware of your strengths, and what you want to focus on.
I have many years of experience of working with people of all ages, ethnicities and cultures. I am a member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and I have studied to Diploma level, in Therapeutic Counselling using the Person Centred Approach.
Having also studied Art and design to degree level I feel I can use my skills and creativity to good effect, enabling and encouraging clients to express themselves using painting, sketching, and sculpture. The image used on this website is my own mixed media artwork called “Daisy Field”.
The initial assessment costs £20.00. After this the cost of each session is £40.00 per therapeutic hour. Concessions are available upon request. Home visits available, following a discussion and will incur additional transport costs. Counselling sessions can be booked at a convenient time for you, including daytime evening and Saturday appointment times and usually take one hour. Supervision fees are £40 and I offer concessions for students on counselling courses.